Founder & CEO DUC International Consulting & Board Advisor & Smart City Expert,Skillz ME & Senior Advisor Locus Chain Foundation Singapore
An accomplished Business Management and Technology Executive with an extensive experience in both private and public sector with successful track record in building, transforming and leading result oriented professional organization, leading complex programs & business change initiatives with full P&L responsibility. Held Executive level positions with major Blue-Chip & Fortune 500 Technology Corporations.
Dr Usman has been at the forefront of many of the region’s (MENA) multi millions $ IT projects and extensively recognized for his expertise in the areas of eGovernment, e - services, ERP, process automation, specialized training initiatives and Strategic IT Planning.
An integrity driven personality and performance-driven executive with proven success in developing e¬ective and pro table partnerships with business stakeholders in risk adverse environments, strong communication skills with a reputation for being a detail oriented, and creative solutions provider focused on doing the right thing, the right way.
As an Organized Strategist and Entrepreneurial team player, he has provided strategic leadership to fully own and manage Life Cycle of Business Management, introduced innovative solutions to global marketing, and improved contract/proposal management processes. It produced breakthrough results in technology growth, business pipeline, exponential increase in revenue, and great market rapport.
Dr Usman has participated actively in several regional and International conferences / workshops and exhibitions as a keynote speaker to talk about various topics, such as Leadership, Marketing, Corporate Branding, Image Building, eGovernment Barriers, Change Management, Business Process Management, Public Private Partnership, Social Media, Strategic Planning, and Communication/Presentation Skills.
Apart from serving Large Enterprises and Public Sector, Dr Usman has several years of experience in the education sector as a consultant and professor with renowned Universities and Corporate Training Centers Globally.
Dr Usman has received several awards in the past few years for his outstanding performance and delivering Complex projects both in public and private sectors.
Chairman, Board of Smartworld,رئيس مجلس إدارة شركة سمارت ورلد، والمدير العام سابقا لهيئة الإمارات للهوية
Managing Director ,FP Global Developments
Founder and Chief Explaining Officer ,OBOTEO
Ayman is the Founder and Chief Explaining Officer of OBOTEO, a Dubai based Artificial Intelligence Services company.
He combines a top-tier academic pedigree with a strong professional background, and entrepreneurial zeal.
Ayman has a professional certification in Artificial Intelligence & Business Strategy from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he specialised in appraising and advising businesses on their AI adoption strategies. He holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of London’s Queen Mary College, where he excelled in Game Theory, Probabilistic and Deterministic modelling and Optimisation. He holds an MSc in Real Estate Investment & Finance from the UK’s Reading University, where he completed his thesis on predictive modelling for greenfield site development. He has also completed training programs in the use of Python for Machine Learning.
Ayman has been in Dubai since 2003. During the UAE’s real estate boom he rose swiftly through the ranks of Colliers International, a multinational real estate consultancy firm, becoming their MENA region’s youngest ever Director, responsible for Data Research and Development Advisory. In this role Ayman pioneered the use of Machine Learning based optimization modelling applied to greenfield real estate site development. Ayman and his team monetized this model by selling its predictive output to UAE real estate developers, mitigating the risks within their operating environment and saving them millions of dollars in development costs.
Ayman then joined Emirates NBD as Head of Real Estate within the bank’s wealth management division. This platform enabled Ayman to establish a professional network of relationships with the region’s wealthy and influential Ultra-high Net-Worth Individuals, where he advised on transactions and Assets Under Advisory worth over USD$ 3.5bn.
Ayman left Emirates NBD to co-found and manage a boutique real estate investment agency that transacted US$ 500mn in direct real estate transactions during his 4 year tenure.
In 2016 Ayman became a board member and shareholder of Serenia Residences the Palm, a US$ 400mn luxury residential real estate development on the Palm Jumeirah’s east crescent, which completed to schedule and is now a wonderful seaside residential community.
In 2017 Ayman founded OBOTEO with the aim of delivering bespoke AI services to organisations within the UAE. OBOTEO delivers three tiers of AI services, broadly categorized as Data Preparation, Strategic AI Advisory, and AI Application Development. OBOTEO’s clients include e-commerce B2C businesses, software development companies, and marketing agencies
Andrew Rippon is CEO of Thrupny, a new type of crypto currency, the Income Coin. He is also on the board of two further blockchain projects, Ubex and Fiduxa, both of which have raised significant investments and are delivering technology innovation. Andrew has also advised multiple crypto projects in differing spheres, from decentralised data centres to yacht routing and autonomous drones. He consults companies on blockchain and is a prolific writer on the subject. He lives in Dubai and Sardinia.
Andrew has been involved in crypto currencies since 2012 when he authored work on crypto to fiat exchanges. In 2015 he also wrote early work on blockchains and government. Today he is an independent blockchain consultant, crypto finance and ICO advisor. He has advised project ranging from sport to corporate services. He is currently advising Fiduxa, an ICO launching soon to revolutionize the recruitment industry. Andrew is also the interim COO of Ubex, an AI and blockchain disruption of programmatic advertising.
Andrew’s current full time project is as co-founder of Thrupny, the world’s first Income Coin.
Among his current interests, Andrew is working on models to leverage crypto currencies within consumer focused applications, including work on personal data, gamification, stable coins and asset management.
In his recent past Andrew was the Blockchain Lead at NXN, developing technology at the intersection of crypto currencies and the underlying utility of blockchain. Andrew is also involved in startups within the space, having advised several on technology development, hardening and governance. Recently Andrew has been advisor for Goal Bonanza, BoatPilot, EVEN, Eggs and several other ICOs.
As leader of blockchain practice at NXN, Andrew put in place consortia to deliver complex solutions and is currently working on blockchain use cases for government and real estate customers. Solutions in these spaces are all about creating end to end, true digital workflows that allow for greater efficiency and make a step change in customer satisfaction. Examples of such use cases can be seen in the automation of government services towards citizens and residents. Equally, processes within real estate development concerning asset management, sales and tenant management can make a digitally powered step change.
Andrew has led initiatives to bring the power of internet technologies into business and government spheres since their inception and continues to work at the cutting edge, now specializing on blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. He has worked on many consumer applications within gaming, entertainment and practical tools. Recently he has worked on Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) with startups, advising on technology selection, set up, structure and execution of the ICO.
Having graduated from Staffordshire University in the UK with a business focused degree and gained his deep technical knowledge afterwards, Andrew has a keen eye for the impact of technology on business value, solving organizational problems and creating new ways of operating to advance the achievement of strategic goals.
Founder and CEO ,Rock Expansion
Senior Director | Software Solutions,GE Power I Grid Solutions I MENAT